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24th MEU hones ship to shore capabilities

When severe drought, earthquakes and numerous other natural disasters strike, more times than not it’s a Marine Expeditionary Unit that is first on scene to provide a helping hand. 

Oregon to host F-15C training at Kingsley Field

F-15C training for active duty and Air National Guard pilots will be merged during this fiscal year and hosted by the Oregon Air National Guard based here, Guard officials recently announced. The merger comes as Air Education and Training Command adjusts to Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ recommended drawdown of 112 of the service's 405 F-15 fighter aircraft in current use, Col.

New York begins Vigilant Guard exercise

  The New York National Guard along with local officials from Erie County and the cities of Tonawanda, Buffalo and Niagara Falls joined with other state, regional and federal officials to formally announce the launch of the largest emergency response exercise to have ever been conducted in Western New York. "Vigilant Guard is an opportunity for military and civilian professionals to train together and prepare for a potential catastrophe we all naturally hope will never happen," said Brig. Gen.

Pakistan Army: Troops Reach Key Taliban Strongholds

Pakistan's army says its forces have reached key Taliban strongholds in the region of South Waziristan, as its offensive moves deeper into militant-held territory. The military says troops captured a "major part" of Sararogha and have also entered Ladha. It says "intense fighting" is taking place in the streets of Ladha for control of the town. A military statement says 30 militants have been killed in South Waziristan in the last day.

ICC Prosecutor Faces Uphill Challenges in Kenya Case

A group representing victims of Kenya's post-election violence is urging The Hague to intervene and prosecute those most responsible for the organized slaughters.

Authorities in Zimbabwe Charge Lawyer With Obstruction for Objecting to Subpoena

Police in Zimbabwe Tuesday released a lawyer arrested Monday for objecting to a subpoena issued for his client, Peter Hitschmann, who served a prison term for possession of weapons in connection with an alleged 2006 plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe. Attorney Mordecai Mahlangu was charged with obstructing justice after he wrote to Attorney General Johannes Tomana to protest the subpoena directing Hitschmann to testify in the terrorism trial of Senator Roy Bennett of the Movement for Democratic Change. Bennett, a former white commercial

Madagascar Talks Open With Plea for Compromise

Talks on Madagascar's political impasse have opened in Addis Ababa with a plea for rival factions to put aside mutual animosities for the sake of the country's economic survival. The atmosphere was tense as leaders of Madagascar's four main political movements met for a fourth round of negotiations on formation of a transitional government. Madagascar's de-facto President Andry Rajoelina sat at one side of the large African Union plenary hall.

Operational Update, Nov. 4: Afghan-International Security Forces Detains Militants in Five Operations

Afghan-international security forces detained several militants and recovered multiple weapons and explosives during five operations Tuesday. An Afghan-international security force detained several militants in Kandahar province while in pursuit of a Taliban commander associated with IED attacks in the province. Acting on intelligence that indicated the presence of the Taliban commander, the joint force targeted a vehicle outside of the village of Mokhanjak in Meyan Nashin District.